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9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule

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    Corporate power is behind the politics of climate denial, Wall Street bailouts, union busting, and media consolidation, to name just a few. And policies advocated by the 1 percent are bankrupting the middle class. But real people have power, too. Here are some of their most successful strategies.

    1. Amend the constitution to end corporate personhood.

    Occupier photo by Joseph Holmes

    Rights Are For Real People

    Where the infamous Citizens United Supreme Court decision came from and how to overturn it.


    PLUS PHOTO ESSAY:
    We’re
    The People: Close-Ups from Zuccotti Park

    Portraits of a nascent society.


    Monopoly Illustration

    Lobbying’s Big Payoff

    For corporations, paying for policy is still the best investment around.


    PLUS: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
    —Alice Walker: Download the quote poster.

    2. Dive into grassroots campaigns.

    Ben Gotschall photo by Alex Matzke




    A Bold Win Against Big Oil

    How people power stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline.


    PLUS VIDEO: Bill McKibben: “The Biggest Fight of Our Time”: In which one of the world’s best-known climate activists gets personal about the enormous task of saving our planet.

    Nurses for Tax Justice photo by SJSEEM

    Nurses Mobilize For a Dose
    of ­Financial Justice

    Before there was Occupy, thousands of nurses were already taking on Wall Street to demand a financial transaction tax.


    Vermont Health Care photo courtesy of Jobs with Justice

    Single-Payer Success: Vermont Shows How to Cover Everyone

    The state’s progressive health care model has already bolstered campaigns in more than 20 other places.

    3. Hold corporations accountable to our laws.

    EPA Protest photo courtesy of Rainforest Action Network



    Revoke Their Charters

    … and other legal tools to hold corporations accountable to our laws.

    4. Get Past the Propaganda

    Guy Fawkes photo by Stephen O'Byrne



    3 Things Everybody Knows—and Why They’re Wrong

    “Social security is broke,” and other scare tactics.

    PLUS: Who Really Gets Burned With Tort Reform?

    5. Support independent media and keep the Internet free.

    Laptop Media photo by Mik Nei



    The People’s Media

    Keeping freedom of speech alive on the Internet.


    PLUS VIDEO: A Magna Carta Moment for Internet Freedom: Why we must fight for our online rights—before they’re sold, legislated, and programmed away.

    6. Protect the Commons

    Boulder photo by Zane Selvans

    How Boulder Freed Its Electric Company

    Citizens take over the power in a bid to kick coal.


    Robin Hood photo courtesy of Oxfam International

    A People’s History of Robin Hood

    WEB ONLY: For hundreds of years, he’s fought tax injustice, tyranny, and the seizure of the commons. Why we still need him today.

    7. Vote. Protect our democracy.

    Crowd with American Flag photo by Ted Fu



    Four Ways to Flex Our Electoral Muscles

    What we can do right now to strengthen our democracy.


    WEB ONLY: Keeping It Clean: Maine’s Fight for Fair Elections

    8. Make your dollars matter.

    Dump Your Bank photo by Jonathan Clark

    Watch Us Move Our Millions

    Cities, churches, and universities take their money away from Wall Street.

    PLUS VIDEO: A Separation of Church and Bank
    Why one San Diego church said goodbye to their bank—and took $3 million dollars with them.


    #61 Poster

    8 Ways to De-Corporatize Your Money

    Debit or credit? How to keep your money out of corporate clutches.

    WEB ONLY: 5 Ways to Make Your Dollars Make Sense
    Concerned about Wall Street’s devastating impact on communities? Then invest in yourself—the most local investment of all.

    9. Get creative to raise awareness.

    Reverend Billy photo courtesy of Reverend Billy

    The Importance of Being Sassy

    How Occupiers, pranksters, and artists speak louder than money.


    PLUS VIDEO: 5 Acts of Creative Disruption
    From mic checks in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to flash mobs at Target, expressing dissent has never been more colorful.


    George Siemon photo courtesy of Organic Valley

    Can There Be “Good” Corporations?

    Instead of fighting corporations, reinvent them. When companies are owned by workers and the community—instead of Wall Street financiers—everything changes.

    PLUS PHOTO ESSAY: California’s New Triple Bottom Line
    Best in the world? Try best for the world: The Golden State welcomes a new kind of corporation.

    Also in Issue …



    Eco-Mind Illustration

    Free Your (Eco)Mind

    Think like an ecosystem, and you just might save the world.


    Hokulea photo by Taylor Boger

    Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe

    A traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe will soon circle the Earth, bringing a new generation deep awareness of the climate crisis.

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    Posted by on April 18, 2018 in corruption, economy, fascist

     

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    A Nation Divided Part II (Morals) 

    The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

     
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    Posted by on April 15, 2018 in left wing, right wing

     

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    JUDICIAL IMMUNITY CONSTITUTES A PLAGUE OF TYRANNY THAT ERODES OUR NATION

     
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    Posted by on April 15, 2018 in tyranny

     

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    DEAR WEAK, DRUGGED-OUT, PROGRAMMED GENERATIONS XYZ

    DEAR WEAK, DRUGGED-OUT, PROGRAMMED GENERATIONS XYZ

    You do not know your history nor your collective powers as people (within your country)

    You Do Not give any time, objectively or subjectively to build a relationship with God

    Nor do you confront major issues that corrupt your country

    because,

    You have little or no allegiance to God or country

    You do not pray

    You are the most prideful and selfish generation

    You are the mirror image of every tv show or movie ever produced

    You are the epitome of every monster and horror film ever-

    Look at yourselves

    You are so bound in the world and to the world by the conditions and things of and in the world

    Your #1 allegiance is to yourself

    You Do Not Protest, instead, you contest to …superficially prevail

    This Now generation is Godless and the weakest generation EVER!

    ©AOC

    CONFIRMED!

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    Posted by on April 15, 2018 in evil

     

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    “Apocalypse Now – Trailer” 

    “Apocalypse Now – Trailer” 

    Those who died for America were not actors but men of valor and patriotism.

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    Posted by on April 14, 2018 in judicial reform

     

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    Which is the biggest, Cheapest SELLOUT… the USA or the Louisiana Purchase?

    Which is the biggest, Cheapest SELLOUT… the USA or the Louisiana Purchase?

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    An AWOLL Commentary (An AmericaOnCoffee original post)

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    When growing up, it was a historical fact that in 1803, the U. S. bought Louisiana from France for approximarely a $1.50. And being concise, It would be more correct to say, the purchase was no more than $5.00. Absurd? Not really.

    In the beginning of commercial banking, and before their dawn, American families traditionally, saved up coins in a piggy bank.

    (Stock) As we all know piggy banks have died.

    The reality here is that money is a game changer.

    (Stock) If you cannot by a single item with a coin, what is the purpose of a coin? More and more pennies and other coins are simply thrown away.

    In our world today and the U.S.A. , inflation reigns out-of-control. The implimentation of the credit card only proved that money is marginal and with a backhand of leniency and greed, such usages only result in a deep and darker contagion of inflation.

    Looking back at the game changing of money, we must observe the declining value of GOLD. And too, there is a continual decline in values on technology due to competitive advancements. Within the U.S.A.’s economic battles, gas and real estate are the most steadfast. Nonetheless, today’s moderate consumers have no vision and are not fighting against the perponderance of economic evils; complacency runs through their blood.

    We’ve all heard the term you “rob Peter to pay Paul”. Basically the U.S. economy and the economies of the world are caught up in this same concept. EXAMPLES are: tax increases to compensate many living increases (food, conveniences and a variety of living expenses). Pay raises are given intermittently are a compromise for the escalation of costs. Sadly, there are no endings to tax increases, cost of living and pay raises. To add to the cost hikes, everybody wants to be a millionaire or billionaire.

    HELLO ABUSERS OF POWER

    Dear Bankers and Elitists,

    Where do we go from here? Grab all the money up and there are money piles. If money is not in circulation, it has no value.

    … Monetary values die hard!

     
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    Posted by on April 14, 2018 in corruption

     

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    The Court That Rules the World: Imagine a private, “global super court”…

    The Court That Rules the World:  Imagine a private, “global super court”…

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    that empowers corporations to bend countries to their will.

    A Dark Cloud Has Arisen in America ( www.myscripturesstudies.com)

    A Dark Cloud Has Arisen in America ( http://www.myscripturesstudies.com)

    Now, from the blockbuster piece,

    Say a nation tries to prosecute a corrupt CEO or ban dangerous pollution. Imagine that a company could turn to this super court and sue the whole country for daring to interfere with its profits, demanding hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars as retribution.

    Imagine that this court is so powerful that nations often must heed its rulings as if they came from their own supreme courts, with no meaningful way to appeal. That it operates unconstrained by precedent or any significant public oversight, often keeping its proceedings and sometimes even its decisions secret. That the people who decide its cases are largely elite Western corporate attorneys who have a vested interest in expanding the court’s authority because they profit from it directly, arguing cases one day and then sitting in judgment another. That some of them half-jokingly refer to themselves as “The Club” or “The Mafia.”

    And imagine that the penalties this court has imposed have been so crushing — and its decisions so unpredictable — that some nations dare not risk a trial, responding to the mere threat of a lawsuit by offering vast concessions, such as rolling back their own laws or even wiping away the punishments of convicted criminals.

    This system is already in place, operating behind closed doors in office buildings and conference rooms in cities around the world. Known as investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS, it is written into a vast network of treaties that govern international trade and investment, including NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Congress must soon decide whether to ratify.

    The BuzzFeed News investigation explores four different aspects of ISDS. In coming days, it will show how the mere threat of an ISDS case can intimidate a nation into gutting its own laws, how some financial firms have transformed what was intended to be a system of justice into an engine of profit, and how America is surprisingly vulnerable to suits from foreign companies.

    The series starts today with perhaps the least known and most jarring revelation: Companies and executives accused or even convicted of crimes have escaped punishment by turning to this special forum. Based on exclusive reporting from the Middle East, Central America, and Asia, BuzzFeed News has found the following:

    • A Dubai real estate mogul and former business partner of Donald Trump was sentenced to prison for collaborating on a deal that would swindle the Egyptian people out of millions of dollars — but then he turned to ISDS and got his prison sentence wiped away.
    • In El Salvador, a court found that a factory had poisoned a village — including dozens of children — with lead, failing for years to take government-ordered steps to prevent the toxic metal from seeping out. But the factory owners’ lawyers used ISDS to help the company dodge a criminal conviction and the responsibility for cleaning up the area and providing needed medical care.
    • Two financiers convicted of embezzling more than $300 million from an Indonesian bank used an ISDS finding to fend off Interpol, shield their assets, and effectively nullify their punishment.

    When the US Congress votes on whether to give final approval to the sprawling Trans-Pacific Partnership, which President Barack Obama staunchly supports, it will be deciding on a massive expansion of ISDS.Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton oppose the overall treaty, but they have focused mainly on what they say would be the loss of American jobs. Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, has voiced concern about ISDS in particular, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has lambasted it. Last year, members of both houses of Congress tried to keep it out of the Pacific trade deal. They failed.

    I wonder why they failed. Perhaps the following will provide some insight:

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    Posted by on April 12, 2018 in evil

     

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